Graduate Course Catalog 2013-2014
This program is offered in Durham.
Degrees Offered: M.S., Ph.D.
The materials science program offers the master of science degree in materials science and doctor of philosophy degree in materials science and engineering. The program offers research opportunities over a broad range of areas including synthesis and characterization of thin films, fullerenes and nanotubes, molecular templates, self-organizing nanostructures, polymers and polymer nanoparticles, using scanning probe microscopy, physical and chemical vapor deposition methods, micromechanics, molecular beam mass spectrometry, and computational methods.
Admission to the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees is based upon a strong undergraduate record. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required, but undergraduate students with exceptional experience or other mitigating factors will be considered. Except under special circumstances, applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Since materials science is an interdisciplinary field, students from mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and other engineering- and science-related disciplines will be considered. A suitable undergraduate program should contain: multivariable calculus and differential equations, two semesters of university (calculus-based) physics, one semester of thermodynamics or physical chemistry, one semester of computer programming, one semester each of fluid mechanics and heat transfer or two semesters of solid mechanics, and one semester of materials science. Members of the faculty are available to evaluate each student’s undergraduate curriculum. A series of appropriate courses will be required for those students with deficiencies in their undergraduate program.
Qualified physics students at the University of New Hampshire may be admitted to an accelerated program leading to a combined bachelor of science degree in physics and a master's degree in materials science within a total of five years. Please consult the materials science website for details.
M.S. Degree Requirements
A student will meet the Graduate School’s requirements for the master’s degree (30 credits) and will complete either a thesis option and a project option. In both options, the student is required to take MS 860, Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials I; MS 961, Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials II; one course each satisfying the areas of synthesis and processing, characterization, and structure-property relationships, and two semesters of MS 900, Materials Science Seminar.
For the thesis option, the student will take one additional course (24 course credits) in addition to 6 credits of MS 899, Master’s Thesis.
For the project option, the student will take two additional courses (27 course credits) in addition to 3 credits of MS 898, Master’s Project.
All students are expected to take at least 6 course credits at the 900 level. Students who have done graduate work at other schools that included courses similar to those in the Materials Science Program may petition for waivers of UNH degree requirements.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Students must complete 39 postbaccalaureate course credits. The student is expected to take MS 860, Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials I; MS 961, Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials II; one course each satisfying the areas of synthesis and processing, characterization, and structure-property relationships, and two semesters of MS 900, Materials Science Seminar. In addition, the student must take five additional courses with at least 12 total credits at the 900 level (including those courses taken at the master’s level). Students who have done graduate work at other schools that included courses similar to those in the Materials Science Program may petition for waivers of UNH degree requirements.
The student will be advanced to candidacy after he or she has completed an M.S. degree or 24 credits of graduate courses with at least 6 credits at the 900 level and the qualifying examination. The qualifying exam shall consist of two parts. The student must present a written proposal adhering to NSF guidelines, followed by an oral defense of that proposal. In addition, the student must submit a substantive review paper and an oral presentation on that paper. A materials science program faculty committee will determine the subject of the paper. A substantive record of publication in conjunction with an oral presentation at a conference may substitute for the review paper. A materials science program faculty committee will decide whether the previous publication record is substantive. The committee will evaluate the paper, the proposal, and the two oral presentations to determine whether the student is suitably prepared for graduate research at the Ph.D. level. The proposal and paper for the qualifying exam should normally be completed within six months of completing 24 credits of coursework.
Upon the successful completion of the qualifying examination, the student is advanced to candidacy and, upon the recommendation of the graduate coordinator, a doctoral committee is appointed by the dean of the Graduate School. The doctoral committee conducts an annual review of the student’s progress, supervises and approves the doctoral dissertation, and administers the final dissertation defense.
The link to course offerings below shows courses with a M.S. designation. Several other courses that count as electives in the Materials Science Program are taught by faculty in chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics, and other departments. For a complete list of these courses, please see the Graduate Student Handbook on the Materials Science website.